Leave of Absence requests (Holidays)
PLEASE NOTE THAT LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE AUTHORISED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY OR DURING ANY OTHER PERIODS OF STATUTORY ASSESSMENTS.
You do not have the right to take children on holiday in term time. Head teachers can only give permission to take a child out of school when there are exceptional circumstances.
Details about what the school counts as exceptional circumstances are agreed by the head teacher and governors and included in the school's attendance policy.
If you want to take your children out of school, you must apply to the school in writing explaining the exceptional circumstances. The head will follow the school's attendance policy to decide whether or not to approve the application. They will then write to you with their decision.
If the head does not approve the application and you still take the child out of school, the school will record the absence as unauthorised. You may then get a school absence penalty notice (fine).